vtxrocketeer wrote on 2/27/2014, 3:16 PM
Adjusting epilepsy meds now . . .
JohnW1234 wrote on 2/27/2014, 5:36 PM
Its a very creative video and well done. But its not all that hard to do with Vegas pro because one can show the individual frames and adjust them to the music.
NormanPCN wrote on 2/27/2014, 6:36 PM
To heavily sync with the music rhythm, I found it helps to listen and place a marker, m key, at the points you want and still change. Then you can use a tool like Vasst Fasst app StillMotion to automatically place events at marker and size them to the space between the markers.

I did a slideshow mountain bike video to Guns N' Roses November rain. I was doing it the hard way until I found out about StillMotion. It is still a ridiculous amount of work since I had custom zooms on each clip.
Gary James wrote on 2/27/2014, 8:23 PM
My guess is that this video would likely create several hundred beat points and related markers. Is that a problem with StillMotion?
NormanPCN wrote on 2/27/2014, 8:48 PM
StillMotion is just a Vegas script extension. Any limitations come down to Vegas itself. I have laid down a touch over 100 stills at once with StillMotion.

Even if there were a limit of say 100, then that still beats positioning and sizing 100 stills manually versus automatically. You don't have to drop the whole video length at once. You can break it into sections. Once stills are placed you no longer need the markers.
ushere wrote on 2/27/2014, 8:57 PM
not bad...

i think you could probably run it in reverse and get a reasonable idea of where we're heading from now...

i think the opening sequence from 'the big bang theory' tv show a lot 'punchier'.

TheHappyFriar wrote on 2/27/2014, 9:53 PM
Coincidence that SCS posted a tutorial on using Vegas to sync video/images to music then this post shows up? I don't believe in coincidence's but hey, others do. :)

Yeah, simple to do, just a lot of manual button pushing for the most part (I do the "hit m for each beat" too).

I'd assume it's a mistake, but they have the shuttle launch before the moon landing.
wwjd wrote on 2/27/2014, 11:28 PM
I saw a lot of "Intelligent Design" "Evolving" there. :D
Rory Cooper wrote on 2/28/2014, 4:32 AM
Well we do this stuff all the time
If you have ultimate s you can create it the whole thing in 15 min. If your images are already in correct sequence folder

Hit KL on your keyboard simultaneously, focus, hit m on beat, open ultimate s select folder_start at cursor_place at marker_fit to placement_press apply.
JohnnyRoy wrote on 2/28/2014, 5:29 AM
I would imagine that the hard part was gathering all of the images and deciding which to use. As mentioned, tools like VASST StillMotion and Ultimate S Pro make laying down the images to the music rather easy using markers and tapping to the beat.

I couldn't help but notice that from the dawn of time to the mid point of the video it was already World War II so 1/2 of the video was about the later part of the 20th century but I like the concept.

farss wrote on 2/28/2014, 5:41 AM
I'd give most of the credit to the composer.

TheHappyFriar wrote on 2/28/2014, 7:27 AM
The amazing part would be if the images were laid out first & the composer made the music to the slideshow.
Aph wrote on 2/28/2014, 9:01 AM
I hadn't seen that before I posted mine a few months later:
Gary James wrote on 2/28/2014, 12:20 PM
Very well done, congratulations. So let's have the technical details.

1. How many images were used in the video.
2. Was this accomplished using a commercial tool or did you slug it out by hand?
3. How long did this take from start to finish?
NormanPCN wrote on 2/28/2014, 4:14 PM
I would imagine that the hard part was gathering all of the images and deciding which to use.

In my case that was certainly true. My GoPro was set to take a photo every 5 seconds and I ended up with about 1600 photos and in a 9 minute video (I did not cut the song) I used about 320.

At first I was doing an N-squared operation scrolling through the list for photos at a time. I slowly learn better ways to cull through the photos.

It was a mountain bike ride from the mountains to the desert floor at Palm Springs, California. A long day.

If anyone is curious. Here is my current effort. I have tweaked it over time.
Aph wrote on 3/1/2014, 12:01 AM
In my case it was over 1800 pix. I used Vegas 12 and did it all by hand. I was working with an old song and trying to get the clips (usually) to fly by on every 8th note. This only gave a few frames per clip, and the song tempo did not sync exactly with a 30 frame per second "rhythm". I would have to manually make some clips longer and then some shorter to keep it somewhere in the "groove".
I certainly did not work on it straight through, but it took maybe three weeks at a couple hours (or more) a day. Part of that is because I tried to match clips with the last word of each phrase, etc.
(Actually, I should say it took at least a few weeks to find the clips. The three weeks was then used to pick and assemble the pictures).
dimipapa wrote on 3/1/2014, 2:53 AM
I wouldn't say it's amazing. I would say it's OK. I saw a few mistakes when the image didn't have the same aspect ratio. The speed of the images and the transitions didn't do a great job at conveying the information or tell the story. it was just a bit too fast, and trying to express the story of mankind with batman music just doesn't sit right with me. I'm just being a snob though. Obviously someone put a lot of work into it, and it's not bad, but I just don't think it's amazing.
Paul Fierlinger wrote on 3/1/2014, 4:50 AM
What's mainly missing is a graphics component for continuity. It's irritating to throw just one picture after another without giving any thought to what happens between pictures. There's a right fit and a wrong fit and that takes skill and time to find. One needs to be sensitive to what happens when one image becomes the next one to give the story fluidity that doesn't irritate but amazes. It's called art direction and that's what's missing here.
earthrisers wrote on 3/1/2014, 10:20 AM
Actually my own main problem with the piece isn't technical, but the selection and sequencing of the images that supposedly represent the human story.
Very parochial.
paul_w wrote on 3/1/2014, 10:38 AM
Its clever. But it strobes a lot. Found it hard to watch. Sorry, don't mean to be harsh. I see a lot of effort has gone into it but didn't have time to take in those very powerful images. Somehow the potential energy of this piece got lost for me because of that. Hope this comment is useful and taken as constructive :)

dimipapa wrote on 3/2/2014, 7:50 AM
What might have been cool would be to have something to focus on in the foreground while the pictures went buy in the background, maybe somewhat grayed out or faded. Then the speed of them wouldn't be a problem either.